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That's a neat looking sander. Do you do all your sanding with that? I tend to use the dremel to bevel the edges, but then I've got to handsand and/or use my (large) "corner cat" finish sander. I always use the finish sander now for the final sanding of the surface of the animal. I had a table sander for a little while that I used, but it really seemed to powerful for the little animals. It helped with the really hard woods I use though. I've really gotten into cherry wood. I don't even paint it. I just burn a few features on, and finish it with beeswax/oil. It's beautiful. And it smells nice when you saw/sand it.

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I have been using it to do all the sanding, except it looks like I might need to hand-sand some really small details.

Beveling the edges, though, I do use the dremel. Then I sand over the beveled edges to make them really smooth.
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Oh I like that sander!!
I use a regular palm sander mounted upside down in a vise to do all my rough sanding. I'm looking to replace my current sand with something a bit tough because of the volume of toys we do.

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Well after much back-and-forth in my head, I finally just went to the store and picked out a sander.

Skil Octo Sander

I love this thing. It is hand-held but small enough to hold in one hand while holding my object in another. I've slipped and hit my hand many times without any discomfort or damage. (No "sanded finger tips" which I get occasionally using the Dremel.) It is efficient and precise, and my only complaint is that it comes with only two grades of sand paper: 60 and 120. I need to check if they sell other grades separately.
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Oh I like that sander!!
I use a regular palm sander mounted upside down in a vise to do all my rough sanding. I'm looking to replace my current sand with something a bit tough because of the volume of toys we do.
Oh yeah? What kind of toys do you make? Where do you sell them?
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I hope I'm not asking a question that has already been answered...
I'm saving up for a scroll saw, hopefully I'll have it within the next month

I just don't know where to get the wood. A few places nearby have "scrap" bins, but I have no idea what's in them. My dad knows about wood, so I was planning on asking him to come with and help me sort it out. What is the best wood to make animals with? And if I need to buy it somewhere, where's the best place to go? I live in a pretty suburban area. There are very few lumber yards, but there's a Home Depot and Lowe's within a stone's throw of my house.

So, woodworking mamas, share your wisdom!!

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I hope I'm not asking a question that has already been answered...
I'm saving up for a scroll saw, hopefully I'll have it within the next month

I just don't know where to get the wood. A few places nearby have "scrap" bins, but I have no idea what's in them. My dad knows about wood, so I was planning on asking him to come with and help me sort it out. What is the best wood to make animals with? And if I need to buy it somewhere, where's the best place to go? I live in a pretty suburban area. There are very few lumber yards, but there's a Home Depot and Lowe's within a stone's throw of my house.

So, woodworking mamas, share your wisdom!!
Any hardwood is best. Pine will work fine, but it won't hold up as well. It dents a lot easier. Poplar is one of the softer (and cheaper) hardwoods that many people use. I personally prefer maple and cherry. They are very hard and heavy, they smell nice (particularly cherry), and they have a tight, closed grain. A wood like oak will be more splintery, because it is an open grained wood. If you go to Lowe's (which has a better selection of hardwood than Home Depot) and compare the hardwood selection, you'll figure out what I mean. With a little practice, you'll be able to tell the more popular woods apart.

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Oh yeah? What kind of toys do you make? Where do you sell them?
I just revisited this thread... I sell waldorf-ish toys on Etsy.
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Just wanted to share this cool tutorial for a wooden apple orchard. The trees can be placed on the wooden base with pegs. Very cool.

http://weefolkart.com/?q=node/419
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i know this thread has been a little slow lately, but i just had to share my animals. i just made them tonight and they still need some sanding, but i'm so happy with them.

http://picasaweb.google.com/dfunk98/WoodAnimals#

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Cool animals. Where did you find the templates for cutting? Or did you just free hand them?
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i know this thread has been a little slow lately, but i just had to share my animals. i just made them tonight and they still need some sanding, but i'm so happy with them.

http://picasaweb.google.com/dfunk98/WoodAnimals#
Those look great!

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I am now asking for a scroll saw for Mother's Day!!! I cannot wait to make all sorts of puzzles, animals, tree, etc. So much fun! You mamas have done an outstanding job on your creations.

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noone's been here for a while but I'm starting to think of Christmas and I think I'm going to make some of these. Anybody have a great resource for the templates?
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Wood animals is awesome!
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I just read through this whole thread and am so excited to make these. Now I need to get my hands on a scroll saw and some patterns!

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I'm feeling pretty inspired, myself! I'm planning to buy a scroll saw, now. Dh is pretty durn interested as well.
Anyone have any wood craft ideas or links for grown up gifts we could make with a scroll saw?

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I'm feeling pretty inspired, myself! I'm planning to buy a scroll saw, now. Dh is pretty durn interested as well.
Anyone have any wood craft ideas or links for grown up gifts we could make with a scroll saw?
For adults, I've made puzzles (really cool, challenging ones, that will look nice on the coffee table). There is a whole world of things you can do with a scroll saw. Next time you are in the bookstore, check out a scroll saw magazine (or look online). There are so many neat things you can do.

Check on craigslist, rather than buying a new one. Although I was just down in central florida, and there were far fewer listings down there than up here in NJ where my parents live.

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I'm pretty sure there's a link to Amber Dusick's recipe in this thread. In fact, I'd bet that she's posted here. It's 3 parts jojoba oil, 1 part beeswax.
I just posted my Beeswax Wood Polish recipe today on my blog. I don't use the 3/1 ratio anymore though, I've been using 4/1 ratio instead because I like it a bit more oily rather than sticky. If you want a thicker beeswax though, stick to the 3/1.


sapientia - for grown up ideas how about a cheeseboard or breadboard for serving? This is a really easy project, I've made them for holiday gifts. Same idea as the toys...just much bigger. Pick your shape based on the gift recipient. Stick to hardwoods for sure though and of course give proper washing instructions.
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I finally made some! Blog post here with lots of pics: http://www.54stitches.com/2010/09/arbor-day.html

I talk about how I did the painting too to reduce any paint bleeding.

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Bumping this up. Great ideas for the holidays! I'm putting a scroll saw on my Christmas list

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54mama, those are really beautiful!  I love the colors and shapes you used.  Dd is getting the Grimm's mobile home for Christmas.  I would really love to make her a little forest to park it in, and your trees are an inspiration.  Gotta check out Eclectica's blog, too.

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Those look great.  I've been doing some similar things with my scroll saw, and when I found the dearth of information about safe paints, dyes, and polishes out there for kids (since my assumption is that anything like this could end up in a mouth), I put together a little page with all the information I *could* find.  So if you're interested, here it is:

 

http://paintwoodentoys.com/

 

making toys is lots of fun - hope many moms pick up a scroll saw!

 

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This is a wonderful thread. Does anyone have any recommendations about where to get wood, inexpensively and FSC certified ... or from sustainable forests? The only stuff I find at craft or DIY stores is either from another country or not FSC certified. I'd appreciate hearing any ideas, and also if anyone knows of any precut wood shape stores whose pieces are not imported.

 


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your crafts are just great (looked through some of your photos).  I love the felted doll holding a baby.

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Oh gosh, I want to learn to do this - the toys are so beautiful.  But I am a little afraid of losing a thumb....

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Oh gosh, I want to learn to do this - the toys are so beautiful.  But I am a little afraid of losing a thumb....



Honestly, with the scroll saw? It moves so slowly that you'd be hard-pressed to lose a thumb.  I mean, obviously it's a power tool and you can hurt yourself, but a., you keep your fingers to the sides of the blade, not in front, and b., seriously, it's very slow.  You'd be injuring yourself in slow motion.  As long as you're not hitting the bottle while you're doing it, you're probably just fine.


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Oh gosh, I want to learn to do this - the toys are so beautiful.  But I am a little afraid of losing a thumb....



Honestly, with the scroll saw? It moves so slowly that you'd be hard-pressed to lose a thumb.  I mean, obviously it's a power tool and you can hurt yourself, but a., you keep your fingers to the sides of the blade, not in front, and b., seriously, it's very slow.  You'd be injuring yourself in slow motion.  As long as you're not hitting the bottle while you're doing it, you're probably just fine.

 

I know, I know, it's a completely irrational fear...  It's kind of like running a sewing machine, right?  I got to use a bandsaw ... no, it was a circular saw... with the GIANT rotating blade ....recently, and that was terrifying and slightly exhilirating because it was so LOUD.
 

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I'm hoping to get a scroll saw for Christmas!

 

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